NSW to outlaw hopscotch

NSW to outlaw hopscotch

The New South Wales Government, having apparently succeeded in solving our road congestion, public transport nightmare, hospital shortages and crime spree in south Western Sydney, has decided to turn its attention to the real scourge in our community: hopscotch. Under new anti-grafiti laws currently before the parliament, temporary chalk hopscotch squares of handball courts drawn on footpaths or bitumen would be illegal without council approval.  Without council approval, children will be acing a $440 fine. While Attorney General Greg Smith has acknowledged that drawing in chalk will be an offence, he…

UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch

UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch

Over the weekend a British government adviser recommended schools ban packed lunches that kids bring to school because of concerns they are fuelling obesity. According to a report in the UK’s Telegraph: [T]eachers should prevent pupils bringing their own lunches into school – and ban them from visiting fast food outlets – amid continuing fears over the state of children’s diets. via UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids | Freedomwatch.

Nanny Statists Ban Kids Blowing Out Birthday Candles

Nanny Statists Ban Kids Blowing Out Birthday Candles

Further evidence that the lunatics have really taken over the asylum when it comes to nanny state health measures in Australia: KIDS will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes, under strict new hygiene rules for childcare… The new guidelines state children who want to blow out a candle on their birthday should bring their very own cupcake – to avoid blowing germs all over a shared cake… The NHMRC said children who play in the sandpit must wash their hands with alcohol sanitiser before and after… Aren’t you glad your…

Rare Good News: Victorian school defies trend to ban kids from being kids

Rare Good News: Victorian school defies trend to ban kids from being kids

Some rare good news from a Victorian primary school: ONE Victorian school is defying the national trend to ban activities like cartwheels in the schoolyard saying concerns over safety are “overkill”. Belmont Primary School in the Victorian town of Geelong has declared itself a cartwheel and handstand friendly zone, The Geelong Advertiser reports. Principal Mark Arkinstall described the recent ban on cartwheels at one Sydney primary school, which can only be  performed under the direct supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher, as “ridiculous”. He said concerns about the safety of children was…

Thrills and spills a rite of passage for children

Thrills and spills a rite of passage for children

A must-read article at the Daily Telegraph: FALLING off bicycles and monkey bars used to be part of childhood, but a modern culture of wrapping children in cotton wool is leaving children at risk of developing serious anxiety disorders, child psychologists have warned.  fThey claim youngsters sheltered from the harsh realities of life were left paranoid and unable to deal with challenges. Sydney Counselling Centre child psychologist Dr Gary Banks said he was seeing an increasing number of children experiencing anxiety and warned of a “weaker future generation”. “We are developing…

Can’t we all just stop thinking about the children?

Can’t we all just stop thinking about the children?

David Pemberthy has an excellent post in today’s Punch. It’s well worth reading in full, but here’s a couple of extracts:  Earlier this week it emerged that those wicked bastards who make energy drinks, the kind that are packed with caffeine and guarana and the same mysterious blue chemical used in radiator coolant, are now selling their monstrous hell-fluid in 1.25 litre “family-sized” bottles. Cue the pavlovian calls for government to step in. Clearly, nobody has thought about the children. “We can’t see a single reason why the energy drink…

Kids Painting In Art Class Classified As Risky Activity

Kids Painting In Art Class Classified As Risky Activity

The Courier Mail Reports: PRINCIPALS say children are becoming too frightened “to have a go at things” as teachers are forced to do risk assessments for activities including painting and drawing… Tiggy, handstands and running on bitumen have all been banned in some schoolyards over the past few years. State schools now keep a Curriculum Activity Register recording all approved high and extreme-risk activities and some medium ones. In one of the 134 Curriculum Activity Risk Assessments (CARA), painting and drawing is considered as dangerous as ice skating. Teachers are told the…

School Bans Ball-Playing Banned Before & After School

School Bans Ball-Playing Banned Before & After School

Lenore Skenazy writing at Free Range Kids: A school in Australia is banning balls for the 15 minutes before and after school because, according to The Age newspaper, a toddler was hit by a ball. Of course I feel bad for the toddler. But I feel far worse for the 600 kids at this school, Black Rock Primary, in Melbourne. It might seem like, “Well, we’re only talking about controlling the chaos during the busiest time, when all the kids are gathered and it’s so crowded.” But that is the CRUCIAL time for playing….

School’s no-contact policy bans hugs and high five

School’s no-contact policy bans hugs and high five

This story is 2 months old, but with the recent ban on cartwheels at a Sydney school, it’s worth reposting: A PRIMARY school is punishing students with “counselling sessions” if they are caught giving high fives, hugging or playing tiggy, basketball or football… Principal Judy Beckworth said the community had overreacted “and I don’t see what we have done as unreasonable”. Students caught breaking the no-contact policy were taken from the playground and given a lecture about safety and the risks of rough play. “They are given time to reflect…

Drummoyne Public School Bans handstands, cartwheels and somersaults

Drummoyne Public School Bans handstands, cartwheels and somersaults

The Daily Telegraph reports: THE fun is over for some Sydney schoolchildren who dare to do cartwheels and handstands in the playground. Drummoyne Public School has banned handstands, cartwheels and somersaults during lunch and recess unless “under the supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher and with correct equipment.” In a newsletter sent to parents principal Gail Charlier said the ban followed consultations with the State Schools Sports Unit, a branch of the Department of Education.